Coronavirus death toll reaches 154 as 13 more people die in Wales

There have been a further 13 deaths from coronavirus in Wales, bringing the total number of people who have died to 154.

387 more people have tested positive for the virus. There are now 2,853 cases in Wales, although Public Health Wales said the true number of cases is ''likely to be higher.''

More than 13,000 tests have taken place since the outbreak.

Dr Chris Williams, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, reiterated the increased risk to smokers.

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Numbers of confirmed cases by local health board - 03/04/20

  • Aneurin Bevan - 956

  • Betsi Cadwaladr - 178

  • Cardiff and Vale - 729

  • Cwm Taf - 387

  • Hywel Dda - 170

  • Powys - 46

  • Swansea Bay - 312

  • Resident outside Wales - 26

  • To be confirmed - 49

It comes as authorities, councils, and politicians across Wales urged people to stay home this weekend as warm weather is forecast.

North Wales Mountain Rescue Association expressed their concern about the safety of its volunteers and the community after reports of a ''considerable increase'' of traffic into North Wales on Saturday.

North Wales Police warned people that they would be out on patrol to turn away any visitors to its beauty spots. Police have new powers which allows them to fine or arrest those who ignore lockdown rules to stay indoors unless ''essential''.

It prompted the Plaid Cymru Leader, Adam Price, to call on the Welsh Government to implement emergency legislation to impose a full travel ban into Wales without an official permit or valid reason, ahead of the Easter weekend.

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On Friday, First Minister announced the Welsh Government will introduce a new law compelling employers in Wales to keep their workers two metres apart.

Mr Drakeford told a press conference in Cardiff the two-metre distancing regulations would be published later on Friday to come into force on Monday or Tuesday next week.